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Having just moved Office 2010 to a 'new' PC, I now find that the folder from which I open files, or save files, in Word and Excel does not default to 'the previous one'.

Is there any way to restore this functionality, which saves about half a dozen mouse-clicks per operation?
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You can set the default folder in File > Options > Save.
You have to do this for each individual Office application.
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Thanks, Hans - I've done that already!

I wonder whether it's just the Open function, then?
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That location should act as default location for both the Open and Save As dialogs...
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Grrrh. I will try it all again after powering off overnight...
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The reboot seems, surprisingly, to have 'cured' my problems with default folders when saving/opening Office 2010 documents or spreadsheets.

The only matter then outstanding was in Outlook 2010, when right-clicking on an attachment in a received message and selecting "Save As". I can't find anywhere a place to specify a default folder into which it will be saved - it defaults to my Documents folder (which I never use)...
I have looked in Outlook 2010 -> File -> Options -> Mail and -> Advanced.

Some Googling indicates that the only solution, surprisingly, is to make a registry change: :hairout:
HKEY_CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\DefaultPath
String "x:\save path"
which I discover that I must have set up on my previous PC some nine years ago!
A restart of Outlook was needed to make this option work.
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Sadly, this is still the only way - Microsoft hasn't bothered to add this setting to File > Options.
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I always create a shortcut in the default Documents folder pointing to where I keep my files, just for apps that won't let me configure their default.
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